SRINAGAR Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday said that the assessment of damage caused to crops due to recent hailstorm in several parts of the region will be completed shortly.
Rain and hail storms lashed several areas of Pulwama, Shopian and Budgam districts on Friday, devastating apple and other crops besides vegetables. A day before, hailstorm had wrecked havoc in parts of Ganderbal.
The Divisional Commissioner assured the farmers that compensation in their favour will be granted after loss assessment exercise is completed. He said that teams are on the ground to help the affected farmers and the government will take measures to mitigate their problems to minimize their loss, an official spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, District Development Commissioner (DDC) Pulwama Syed Abid Rashid Shah visited various villages in the district to assess the damage of various fruit orchards in different areas of the district in south Kashmir.
Orchardists in Gangoo, Tengpuna, Tanghar, Payer villages requested the DDC to order the Revenue and Horticulture Departments to assess losses suffered by them.
The DDC issued on the spot directions to Horticulture and Revenue department officials to submit a report about the losses to the orchardists at an earliest.
Director Horticulture Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad visited various areas of Pulwama and Shopian to take stock of the damage done by Fridays hailstorm in the region, the spokesperson said.
The Director visited various villages of Pulwama including Sangarwani, Achgoza, Bamnoo, Muran, Karimabad, Burpore and Kagan wherein heavy hailstorm has caused extensive damage to fruits bearing trees. The leaves of the fruit trees have fallen and at various places the gusty winds have damaged the trees.
The Director on the occasion made aware the growers about necessary remedial measures to be adopted in order to avoid further damages and diseases in the standing cherry, apple and other fresh fruits. Besides, Director Horticulture directed officials of horticulture to provide every possible help and guidance to the orchardists who were affected by the hailstorm.
In Shopian the Director Horticulture visited Chowan, Zampathri, Dunaroo, Main Kellar, Pehlipora and other villages, which have been affected by the hailstorm.
He said that an immediate assessment of losses would be made and a report will be submitted to the government for compensation. He directed the Chief Horticulture Officers and assistants to file the report at the earliest so that people would not suffer more.
He called on the farmers to contact the experts of horticulture department for sprays and other use of nutrients, so that damages could be minimised. He directed the experts and officials of horticulture department to remain available at the door step of orchardists by conducting on spot visits and provide guidance to them.
The Director was accompanied by Chief Horticulture Officer of Shopian and Pulwama besides revenue authorities, KVKs of SKUAST-Kashmir and other various field functionaries.
General Secretary, J&K Kisan Tehreek, Ghulam Nabi Malik demanded immediate relief to the peasants and orchardists whose standing crops and fruit got damaged due to massive hail storm.